|Posted by Michael Brooks on December 25, 2019 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
We put 39 events on our calendar last Januray that put the year in perspective. A few: stream monitorings, tree pruning, Greenway Garden cleanups and plantings, WV Make-it-shine, Plant Fair booth, Watershed Meeting (Eastern Panhandle), Adopt-a-HIghway pickups, purple loosestrife containment, Day of Caring, Kate's presentations to the International Water Festival, Foxglove garden club. We thank our volunteers for their annual efforts to keep the town looking bright, the trees barricading the initial rainfall, the streams checked on, the Greenway Cemetery looking fine.
Please renew your annual memberships (all expire on Dec 31). We wish everyone Season's Greetings, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Board Meetings are now held on the first Wednesday of the month, at the WV Extension Office Classroom at the Pines Opportunity Center.
|Posted by Michael Brooks on June 28, 2017 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
Put on your calendar: August 12 6-8pm for a presentation about Rain Gardens
Recent Happenings and Events:
June: Stream Monitoring was performed at several locations this month:
June 26: Double T building across from the new Sheetz Station on 522
June 20: Widmyer Elementary School
June 13: Country Inn in Berkeley Springs
June 7: Jimstown Road
May 30: Stream Monitoring at Fairfax Rd
May 23: 3 members attended the Watershed Group Gathering in Martinsburg
May 13: A sewage spill near Warren St that flowed in the Run was reported; the Public Service District responded immediately and repaired the blockage in the sewer line.
Bob Wurster was our 'Volunteer of the Year' and was recognized at the Berkeley Springs-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce's 34th Community Volunteer Day. Stan Oaks was there also representing the Sleepy Creek Watershed Association.
The Annual Meeting was held at the Board of Education building on April 12. David Lillard of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition spoke about what's happening in Washington that will affect watershed work.
Our Adopt-a-Highway program volunteers met at 9 am on April 14 to pick up litter along State Highway 522 from Winchester Grade to the Post Office.
Our annual Make-it-Shine event held on April 11 where participants met on Myers Rd near the Dollar General Store. This was our contribution to the state-wide WV Make-it-Shine clean up program.
Three pet waste stations were installed in Berkeley Springs over several days. First, holes were dug, then posts cemented in, the the waste stations attached. Location were the Berkeley Springs State Park, the Water Works building on Wilks St and on W. Independence St near the Rag Shop. The devices were purchased using funds from the latest Stream Partners grant.
|Posted by Michael Brooks on February 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
At our first Board Meeting of 2016 on January 27, WSWA was presented a check for $4920 by Alana Hartman, Basin Coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, for our 2016 Stream Partners Grant. The funds will be used to create a rain garden in Greenway Cemetery in an area that is unoccupied by any grave sites-and unsuitable for future burials because of its risk of flooding. This is the seventh Stream Partners Grant that WSWA has received. WSWA has partnered with the Town of Bath on this project.
See the article in the Morgan Messenger Feb 3, 2016 by Holly Trainum. The full grant application is on Our Watershed/Grant & Projects page.
|Posted by Michael Brooks on August 4, 2015 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
by Jeff Iilif: A level-3 stream survey was preformed starting at 10 am on July 14 by the Warm Springs Watershed Association for Warm Springs Run just behind the Board of Education building.
We were joined by the young participants of the 'One Watershed' project; Bobby Sawyer, Zachary Salman, Logan Maravelis, Cristopher Hughes, Katie Abrell, McKenna Marvelis, and Maggie Hughes. The students were joined by Jack Kelly, Director of the Digital Media Center for Morgan Arts Council, David Lillard of WV Rivers Coalition, Rachel D'Agostino president of the Friends of the Cacapon River, and Glenn Nelson, head of WVDEP's Save Our Streams program.
The students interviewed Warm springs board Members Jeff Iliff and Norman Dean about stream monitoring details and observed the performance of chemical analysis and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling for their documentary/newscast.
Conditions were: 90 deg., sunny, no rain in the last 48 hrs.
Latitude: 39-22-43 Longitude:78-8-14
Disolved Oxygen 90%, Ph 7.45, Nitrate concentration 2 Ppm
Habitat conditions: 146= Good. Biological Conditions: 70.2= Suboptimal. Benthic Macroinvertebrate count: Low tolerance:46 critters represented by 4 types, medium tolerance: 60 of 5 types, high tolerance: 6 of four types.
|Posted by Michael Brooks on July 2, 2015 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
The local team that responded to the heating oil spill in Warm Springs Run in October, 2014 was recognized by the WV Dept of Environmental Protection, who awarded them an Environmental Award of Excellence. Receiving the award in Charleston on June 25 were Scott Crunkleton (Warm Springs Public Service District manager), Monty Kerns (wastewater plant operator), Vince Cichocki (Morgan county facilities director), Jami Clark (Berkeley Springs Fire Chief), Bobby Madison (firefighter), and Marshall Younker (Berkeley Springs Deputy Fire Chief). Terrance Cross (waste water plant operator) was not at the ceremony. The award was for the efforts of the three local agencies that worked to contain and cleanup the spill: sewer, fire and county facilites. For more infomation and background, please find Kate Shunney's article ("Local team earns DEP award for oil spill response, cleanup" in the Morgan Messenger July 1, 2015, and the correction to the photo caption printed July 8.